- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Ed edition (25 Feb. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679733140
- ISBN-13: 978-0679733140
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,378,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Criminal (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 25 Feb 1996
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About the Author
(1906 - 1977) James Meyers Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when he was only fourteen. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films The Killing and Paths of Glory). An outstanding crime writer, the world of his fiction is rife with violence and corruption. In examining the underbelly of human experience and American society in particular, Thompsons work at its best is both philosophical and experimental. Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).
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This is the question that Jim Thompson asks in this book.
Thompson wrote The Criminal in 1953 and while it is a short book (120 pages), it is one of his best.
A girl is murdered, a young man is accused of the murder. Is he guilty?
The book has a first person narrative and generally changes people every chapter so we get the viewpoint of the boy, his parents, the reporter, the lawyer etc. There is a common theme throughout the book of people being pushed to their limits and whether they will snap or will they take the pressure and use it somewhere else, this is quite an interesting device and I found it good.
I enjoyed this quick read, it is suitably ambiguious in places and quite realistic in other sections. There is the general feeling of fear throughout the book, something that the crime writers of the 1950's were very good at creating.